IBN7 journalist killed in Muzaffarnagar riot

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Niticentral Staff7 Sep 2013

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IBN7 journalist killed in Muzaffarnagar riot

At least six persons, including journalist of a TV news channel, were killed on Saturday and several others were injured in fresh clashes between members of two communities in the district, where tension has been simmering since violence in Kawal village ten days ago. Police said that curfew has been clamped in the area.

IBN7 journalist Rajesh Verma and a photographer hired by police, Israr, were killed in the violence in separate parts of the district. It is important to note that the State has witnessed more than 30 communal riots since Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party Government came to power in March 2012.

The incident comes shortly after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that incidents of communal violence have increased in the country and cautioned all States to remain alert and foil any attempt to disturb peace ahead of the general elections. “Communal violence incidents have increased since last year. While 410 incidents occurred in the country last year, this year, till now, 451 incidents have taken place,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

The tension initially brewed up when three persons were killed on August 27 over a dispute which has now culminated into a communal rift between two communities.

The village had witnessed a horrific series of events after two girls, returning back home with their kin Gaurav from college, were allegedly molested by a local resident Shahnawaz. Gaurav first tried to oppose Shahnawaz’s act but finally decided to go home silently.

After sometime, Gaurav returned with his friend on bike and allegedly attacked Shahnawaz with sharp weapon. Meanwhile, hearing Shahnawaz’s cries, his neighbours rushed to his rescue. They nabbed the two youths and beat them mercilessly to death. When Shahnawaz was taken to hospital, he was also declared dead by the doctors.

After the three deaths, tension prevailed in the area and incidences of violence have denied to end.

During the fresh violence, a photographer was beaten to death in Sekeda village by a group of people returning from a meeting, police sources said.

Shinde said all States have been alerted in view of recent incidents and he has personally called up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday and discussed the subject.

In a related incident, five persons were injured when members of two communities pelted stones at each other in Basiakla village. In Ilmanspur village, a mob set afire a vehicle.

Security had been tightened in view of Naglabadhod meeting and prohibitory orders imposed in the area, police said.

Several people had participated in the first meeting held in the aftermath of Kawal violence despite a ban imposed by the district authorities.

Meanwhile, crime branch on Saturday arrested ex-Jansath block head, Virender Singh, for an alleged provocative speech during the last meeting on August 31.

Singh is cousin of Shashank Shekhar Singh, who was former Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Secretary in the previous Mayawati Government in the State.

According to DSP JR Joshi, the ex-block head was arrested for allegedly participating in an “unauthorised meeting” while prohibitory orders were in force in the area.

DGP Deo Raj Nagar said the Government has formed a Special Task Force to investigate the Kawal incident.

“Some elements are trying to create communal tension in the region. The STF will be helpful to normalise the situation. No one would be allowed to breach peace in the area,” he said.

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  • Ayya

    What kind of news coverage is this? You don’t know who the communities are. Are they Hindus and Muslims (more than likely)? Are they two different Islamic groups (unlikely)? Keeping the populace ignorant seems to be the way this news coverage.

    • Rajen

      Mr.Ayya : In Mullayam’s(Akhilesh is only Jr.Mulla) raj, I think you can reasonably well guess who are the two communities and what are the ongoings !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001608982457 Sanjay Verma

    Mujaffarnagar has been simmering with communal tension since last 10 days or for that matter whole of UP is witnessing many many such incidents since the time SP Government has come in power, YET none of our (paid) TV channels had shown ANY news or clippings about these incidents. NOW, when one of the stringer of a TV channel has got killed, they are showing the news on TV channels…….. DOES the life of ordinary citizens does not matter to our media……. ONLY when one from their OWN community gets killed, it becomes news-worthy item??????



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033941938 Mahesh Meena

    @Ayya , these two communities are Hindu and Muslims and Muslim mob has killed several villagers until now.

  • SeethaRamaraj

    IBN says that the killed reporter was freelance journalist. Is IBN afraid of something?

  • Viraat

    Why is it that only Virender Singh is arrested and not those people who made provocative speeches after Friday prayers that incited the main violence?? The SP govt has always bowed to the extremist elements evident from their decisions to free several convicted terrorists and claim that the recently arrested terror mastermind from IM was arrested because he was from a minority community. These riots could have very well been instigated by the IM and other extremist outfits with help from Pakistan as a way to destabilise the country, but the SP govt has proved itself to be impotent time and time again and it seems that innocents will continue to die while these politicians divide the country and loot it completely.

  • john carvalho

    It is evident that the RSS and BJP would like to polarise Hindus before the 2014 elections. A thorough investigation need to be done and arrest those who are creating communal disturbance for the hindu vote gain.

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